Medical technology has reached a whole new level, and doctors might soon be able to find out if patients have taken their pills. This will be possible thanks to a smart pill, which will bear an edible sensor inside. Once swallowed, the sensor will allow doctors and patients to track the pill inside their bodies.
Doctors can monitor the smart pill to see if the patients have taken it
This innovative pill is called Abilify MyCite, and can treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and can accompany the therapy for depression. This sensor incorporated in the pill can communicate with a patch that patients have to wear on their ribcage. Afterwards, these sensors are sent on an app which they have to install on their smartphones.
Then, they can choose who they want to share the data with. They can either keep it for themselves, send it to their doctor, or allow it to enter a database only authorized people have access to. This way, they can see if the treatment is effective, and prevent patients from not taking their medication correctly.
The patch records the sensor in the pill, as well as many other information
The sensor has a microscopic size, and is made of magnesium, copper, and silicon. As soon as the pill reaches the stomach, the acid activates the sensor, and it starts sending electrical signals to the patch the patient is wearing. Also, this patch is connected to the smartphone via Bluetooth, and the app receives data, such as how many pills the patients have taken, or the hour at which they took them.
The patch collects plenty of other information regarding the health condition of the patients. It can monitor their heart rate, sleeping schedule, and the number of steps they take per day. However, they have to change it every seven days for the measurements to be effective. Also, the patient can choose some family members and offer them access to this information.
This innovative pill might soon get into use, as the FDA has already approved it.
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